The Coffee House Philosopher

Unforgettable characters, part 2


January 9, 2022

In the fall semester of 1966 while driving to Alva’s town square in Joe Budney’s well used Malibu convertible, I mentioned that some of the local employers of students might be turned off by Joe’s heavy midwestern U.S. accent, which readily identified him as a “Yank” in 1966. He merely smiled, and said, “Do you think I ought to sprinkle some ‘you alls’ throughout our conversations?” I merely nodded doubtfully in response.

At the time Alva had both Penney’s and Anthony’s stores located on the southwest corner of the town square, and Joe said, “I met the Anthony’s ma...

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